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A distinctively earthy and rustic variety, Pinotage is South Africa’s signature grape. In 1924 viticulturists crossed finicky Pinot Noir and productive, heat-tolerant Cinsault, and created, surprisingly, a variety both darker and bolder than either of its parents. Today Pinotage is a popular South African export both as a single varietal wine and in Cape blends. It is grown very minimally outside of South Africa.

Tasting Notes for Pinotage

Pinotage is a dry, red wine with an unmistakable bouquet. Common descriptors include tobacco, smoke, tar, bacon, licorice, hoisin sauce and the dark fruits of plum and blackberry. The flavors are bold, and tannins are firm but ripe—in fact, many Pinotage wines bear more resemblance to Australian Shiraz than to Pinot Noir.

Perfect Food Pairings for Pinotage

For a wine this powerful, food should be equally bold, and gets bonus points for mirroring Pinotage’s sweet and sour flavors. Classic smoky South African braai (barbecue) is the most obvious match, while grilled curry sausage, lamb biryani or richly spiced beef stew would be equally welcome.

Sommelier Secrets for Pinotage

The name “Pinotage” is a subtle portmanteau: The Pinot part is obvious, but the second half is a bit confusing. In the early 1900s, Cinsault was known in South Africa as “Hermitage”—hence Pinotage. The somewhat less appealing “Herminoir” was also considered.

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  • Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Pinotage 2015 Front Label
    Rooiberg Winery Game Reserve Pinotage 2015
    Pinotage from South Africa
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    • Kanonkop Pinotage 2015 Front Label
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      • Boschendal Sommelier Selection Pinotage 2015 Front Label
        Boschendal Sommelier Selection Pinotage 2015
        Pinotage from South Africa
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        • Warwick Estate Pinotage 2015 Front Label
          Warwick Estate Pinotage 2015
          Pinotage from South Africa
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          • Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2015 Front Label
            Painted Wolf The Den Pinotage 2015
            Pinotage from South Africa
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            • Tormentoso Pinotage 2015  Front Label
              Tormentoso Pinotage 2015
              Pinotage from South Africa
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              • Fairview Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                Fairview Pinotage 2015
                Pinotage from South Africa
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              • MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                MAN Family Wines Pinotage 2015
                Pinotage from South Africa
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                • Southern Right Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                  Southern Right Pinotage 2015
                  Pinotage from South Africa
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                • Spice Route Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                  Spice Route Pinotage 2015
                  Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
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                  • Beaumont Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                    Beaumont Pinotage 2015
                    Pinotage from South Africa
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                    • Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                      Fleur du Cap Pinotage 2015
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                      • Riebeek Cellars Pinotage 2015 Front Label
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                        • Riebeek Cellars Kasteelberg Pinotage 2015 Front Label
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                          Pinotage from Swartland, South Africa
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                          • Reyneke Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                            Reyneke Pinotage 2015
                            Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                            • Golden Kaan Pinotage 2015 Front Label
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                              • Ayama Slent Farms Baboon's Cuddle Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                                Ayama Slent Farms Baboon's Cuddle Pinotage 2015
                                Pinotage from Paarl, South Africa
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                                • Royal Rhino The Rhino Run Pinotage 2015 Front Label
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                                  • Oracle South Africa Of the Stars Pinotage 2015 Front Label
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                                    • Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                                      Viljoensdrift River Grandeur Pinotage 2015
                                      Pinotage from Robertson, South Africa
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                                      • Stellenrust Wine Estate Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                                        Stellenrust Wine Estate Pinotage 2015
                                        Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                        • Longridge Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                                          Longridge Pinotage 2015
                                          Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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                                          • Spier Signature Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                                            Spier Signature Pinotage 2015
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                                            • Hamilton Russell Southern Right Pinotage 2015 Front Label
                                              Hamilton Russell Southern Right Pinotage 2015
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                                                Pinotage from Stellenbosch, South Africa
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